What is your breakage tolerance? Are you obsessing over breakage? Do you believe zero breakage is possible? We’ve heard and read stories about ladies claiming they get little to no breakage but is it true?
A lovely reader and I traded discussion on the topic of breakage. She expressed her frustration with dealing with breakage. She inspects the hairs lost during wash sessions. Her significant other believes she is obsessing over her breakage. But is she? Maybe, but I am of the belief that you have to monitor breakage to understand if your hair is thriving or suffering setback. However, there is a delicate balance between monitoring and obsessing.
When I first started my healthy hair journey, I inspected every single hair lost during wash day. I’m serious — strand by strand, piece by piece I separated shed hairs from broken hairs and took inventory of the damage done. I used a goal of 5 broken hairs on a non-wash day and 10 broken hairs on wash day as my guide based on the teachings of The Science of Black Hair. Unfortunately, I was averaging more than that and it was driving me insane. Each wash day I felt like I was on the brink of a setback until finally I decided enough is enough. Checking each and every strand was time consuming, exhausting and quite stressful so I stopped doing it. My stress level reduced significantly.
Please believe it took a while for me to come full circle and understand hairs will be lost even with my most gentle efforts. Don’t get me wrong, I hate breakage but I no longer obsess over it. I now use simple math: breakage > shedding = no way! ; breakage < shedding = heck yeah! However, for newbies starting out, I recommend using 5 strands on non-wash day & 10 strands on wash day as a guide. I also recommend not listening to those that never claim breakage. I mean, how is that even humanely possible?
I’m not trying to be controversial but some never claim breakage but from what I can see, their hair never really flourishes. Ok so let’s keep it real, unless they are keeping their hair trimmed to maintain a certain length, their hair is breaking whether they know it and/or admit it. Anyway, I digress. My point: breakage is inevitable. However, we should focus our efforts toward controlling the amount and frequency of the breakage.
A thought to ponder: During my recent Komaza Analysis, I asked the question, what is considered a reasonable amount of hair that is lost to breakage on wash and non-wash day. They responded with “hair really shouldn’t be breaking.” They stated breakage is normally seen when the hair is lacking moisture but really shouldn’t break otherwise (paraphrasing).
I’m interested to hear from you —
Is a little breakage common?
What’s your breakage tolerance before panic sets in?
How do you correct the protein/moisture imbalance when breakage is experienced?